Higher Education Quick Takes

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November 3, 2014

Officials of the University of Maryland at College Park are apologizing for the actions of the three co-captains of the football team, ESPN reported. After scuffles between the Maryland squad and that of Pennsylvania State University before a game on Saturday, the Maryland co-captains refused to shake with their Penn State counterparts in the traditional pre-game moment. Maryland's athletic director, Kevin Anderson, issued a statement saying that "we are extremely disappointed in the actions of our captains involved in today's coin toss. Their behavior is not a reflection of how our student-athletes should conduct themselves in athletic competition."

 

November 3, 2014

On the latest "This Week," Inside Higher Ed's free weekly news podcast, Ben Miller of the New America Foundation and Vickie Schray of Bridgepoint Education join Inside Higher Ed's Doug Lederman to discuss the new gainful employment regulations. Sign up here for notification of new editions of "This Week."

November 3, 2014

Keith Miller, president of Virginia State University since 2010, announced his resignation Friday, amid growing criticism from student groups and others, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. The university has suffered from enrollment drops, lost revenue from those declines and cuts in state support. Many students question how the historically black institution has responded to these challenges. A statement from the university said that its board and Miller agreed that Virginia State should "move in another direction strategically." Students said that they were pleased the president was leaving, but disappointed that other senior administrators were not leaving as well.

 

November 3, 2014

David Brandon has resigned as athletic director of the University of Michigan, President Mark Schlissel announced Friday. The exact reason of Brandon's resignation was not provided, but The Detroit Free Press reports that he had lost the support of students, alumni, and Michigan's Board of Regents. Michigan's football team has lost five of its eight games this season and three of the last four games it has played against rival Michigan State University. Earlier this month, student protesters demanded lower ticket prices to football games and that Brandon be fired. Students also demanded Brandon's resignation in September after a quarterback who many say was obviously concussed was allowed back on the field within minutes of sustaining his injury.

Brandon, who was athletic director for about four years, had previously served on Michigan's Board of Regents and is the former chief executive officer of Domino's Pizza. James Hackett, a former executive at the furniture company Steelcase, will act as interim athletic director.

November 3, 2014

The Ohio Student Association used Halloween for a protest at Ohio State University designed to illustrate the way debt turns students into the walking dead, or zombies.

November 3, 2014

In today's Academic Minute, Maria Cancian, a professor of public affairs and social work at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, takes a look at the landscape of divorce and custody in modern times. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

 

October 31, 2014

Louisiana health officials have written to those planning to attend a meeting in New Orleans of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene that if they have been in Ebola-affected countries in Africa for the last three weeks, they should stay away or risk being quarantined in their hotel rooms, NPR reported. For some of those receiving the letters, their work took them to such countries but they had no direct exposure, and the limits being imposed by Louisiana go beyond recommendations of federal health officials.

 

October 31, 2014

Murray State University is deferring new applications from prospective students in the Ebola-stricken countries Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the Murray Ledger & Times reported. The university will not allow students from these countries to enter in January and will instead defer their admission until the fall.  

October 31, 2014

Bergen Community College has admitted that it over-reacted and shouldn't have punished Francis Schmidt, an art professor, for a photo he posted of his daughter wearing a "Game of Thrones" t-shirt, The Bergen Record reported. The college investigated the professor as if the t-shirt represented a threat -- one of many grievances of faculty members against the administration there.

 

October 31, 2014

Of the top 125 colleges and universities according to U.S. News & World Report, 12 percent have tanning beds on campus, and 48 percent have tanning bed facilities either on or near campus, according to a new study in the journal JAMA Dermatology. The findings alarmed the authors. “We encourage universities to adopt a ‘tan free campus’ policy by prohibiting tanning beds and booths from campuses and discouraging housing facilities from having beds,” said the lead author,  Sherry Pagoto, associate professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts. “Universities should instead court new students with enticing health facilities such as gyms, swimming pools and healthy dining options.”

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